Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 31, 2014
Island Heritage Trust seeks to purchase property on Lily Pond
Island Heritage Trust seeks to purchase a 10-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Lily Pond in Deer Isle, Maine for additional public access.
by Jessica Brophy
Island Heritage Trust has been awarded a $120,000 Land for Maine’s Future grant to attempt the purchase of a 10-acre parcel of land on the Lily Pond in Deer Isle, off the Quaco Road.
IHT Executive Director Mike Little said the organization plans to build a parking lot and an access path to the pond. The entire project, including the purchase of the land, is estimated to cost $332,000. Of that, all but $70,000 has been raised or pledged.
The 10.27 acre parcel currently owned by Clara Pickering would join the 6.4 acre Lily Pond Beach property IHT purchased in 2010 to preserve access to the freshwater swimming area used by generations of islanders. The parcel is located on the north side of the pond, abutting the beach property. Little said the property is to the left of the Lily Pond Beach.
“This will give us a place to build our own parking lot,” said Little, who stressed that there have been no problems with utilizing the Deer Run parking area. “But times change, and things could happen in the future.”
The acquisition would also allow for the construction of some composting toilets for public use, said Little. Those toilets would be located near the parking lot, not down near the beach. Little estimates that the path to the pond would be a similar length to the current path, though he hopes to make the path a bit easier to travel for those who would like to hand-carry canoes or kayaks to the pond.
There are several large pledges toward the project already, including two $50,000 pledges. The trust currently has an option on the Pickering property until October, when it can be converted to a purchase and sale agreement. Little said he would love to see the funds raised and the sale completed this winter, to allow the project to start as soon as the weather permits in spring.
“It would be great to have people using it next year,” said Little.
The trust also hopes to build a basic pavilion, more or less a roofed structure without walls, to hold meetings in, or to allow Camp Kooky to use when it’s raining. “Something that could hold 50-60 people underneath it, and have it available for public use,” said Little. However, that plan is contingent upon fundraising.
Donations are welcome at Island Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 42, Deer Isle, 04627. Any questions can be directed to the trust at 348-2455.